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Garbage Absolute Garbage (Warner Brothers) Their last album stiffed unceremoniously so another revisiting of their finest moments might disguise the fact that musically they’re a spent force.

Theory Hazit
Extra Credit (Supperrappin) Most excellent ook laden hip hop in the style of Kanye West, Madlib and Common; big chunky hooks that erschew cliché for feel good funk. Recommended.

The Elysian Quartet Gabriel Prokofiev String Quartet No2 (Nonclassical Music) Challenging how and where we hear classical music, Gabriel Porkifiev presents a techno-influenced string quartet plus a raft of remixes from Hot Chip, Conboy and hip hop producer The EarlyMan.

Eugene McGuinness
The Early Learnings of . . . (Double Six Records) Razor-sharp wit and pithy lyrical adventures lift this singer-songwriter above the bland likes of Blunts, Meluas and Morrisons.

Amy McDonald This is my Life (Vertigo) There’s been mucho hype for this Scots singer-songwriter, and while the female Paolo Nutini tag is a tad generous, this debut long player is commendable.

Various Soma Coma Vol 1 (Soma) 14 succulent hunks of electronica from the last 15 years, digging through the label’s fruitful back catalogue of house, techno, electro and beyond.

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